Category Archives: Animal Cruelty

Suspect arrested in connection with Kona the dog’s death

Previously-arrested illegal alien steals car, kills dog, lives in hotel room paid for Health & Human Services.

Police arrested a man Thursday in connection with a car theft that resulted in the death of Kona, a Great Dane-Lab mix, this week.

Francisco Vincent Gonzalez, 34, had a dog with him when he was arrested around 5:45 p.m. at the Super Value Inn Motel on N Interstate Avenue, police said.

Bill Robbins, Kona’s owner, says police told him Gonzalez is in the U.S. illegally.

“I can’t even believe he had a dog after the way he would treat mine,” Robbins told KOIN 6 News. “I’m glad he was caught… but I’d still rather have my dog back.”

Gonzalez is charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, 2 counts of first-degree theft, aggravated animal abuse and possession of methamphetamine. He reportedly had a meth pipe when he was arrested.

Under Oregon law, a person can be charged with aggravated animal abuse if they maliciously kill or torture an animal. The theft of a pet is a Class-C felony in Oregon.


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Iran Executes Pet Dogs In Order To Counter ‘Vulgar Western Culture’

“Keeping and caring for dogs is haram (forbidden) according to religious leaders,” said Boosaidi to local media three days before the dog seizures. “If we find out that anyone is keeping and caring for dogs and so is promoting vulgar Western culture, we will deal with them firmly.”

An Iranian prosecutor has declared war on Western culture by systematically executing dogs owned by local pet owners.

Mohsen Boosaidi, the prosecutor for the Iranian town of Shahin Share, directed his officers to round-up the town’s pet dogs under the guise that they were being taken to the veterinarian for vaccinations. But as many owners would later find out, the dogs were actually being killed.

“They came in and took away our dogs under the pretext of vaccination. Ever since our dog was taken away, you only hear the sound of crying and sobbing in our house,” said one unnamed dog owner to Iran’s Shahrvand newspaper.

He explained that the officers identified themselves as veterinary practice workers, even providing official documentation to the owner. He was told the animal could be picked up at the local vet’s office, but no record of the animal was found when the owner went to check.


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29 Dogs Arrive in San Diego After Rescued From ‘Meat’ Farm

The Los Angeles Times reported that an estimated 2 million dogs are killed for food each year in South Korea, citing the Korean Association for Policy Studies.

Twenty-nine dogs meant for slaughter in South Korea arrived in San Diego Thursday after being saved as part of a Humane Society International rescue effort.

The dogs, which are mostly ages 1 to 2 years old with a few 4-month-old to 9-month-old puppies, had been slated to be killed in the Korean dog meat trade, officials with the organization said.

They are mostly mastiffs, but also Jindo-mixes and Chihuahuas. The dogs arrived in Southern California following a special flight from South Korea to San Francisco International Airport.

“Our goal is to end animal suffering in any form it takes. The dog meat trade is one of the most horrific forms of cruelty and we’ve taken on helping these animals as an urgent mission for San Diego Humane Society,” said Dr. Gary Weitzman, HSI president and CEO, in a statement.

The Humane Society International has saved more than 100 dogs from being killed for meat, it said.


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Chimps are people, too?

Manhattan court hearing to decide fate of 2 monkeys.

Attorneys for two chimpanzees head to court Wednesday to argue the animals ought to be granted “personhood” status and released from their Stony Brook University confines.

The Nonhuman Rights Project filed the request to release the chimps, Leo and Hercules, and grant them “personhood” status in state supreme court in Manhattan, the Associated Press reported. Currently, they’re being used in locomotion studies in the State University of New York school system.

In court papers, the chimps’ lawyers said the animals ought to be regarded as “autonomous and self-determining beings” with rights to liberty. The Nonhuman Rights Project is petitioning to have them sent to a Florida sanctuary.


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Chicken killers leave at least 300,000 dead, millions in damage to SC farms (Video)

All of the victimized farms raise chickens for Colorado-based Pilgrim’s Pride, the nation’s largest poultry producer, law enforcement officials said. Officials did not say Monday why they think Pilgrim’s Pride and its contract farms are being targeted.

Attacks the past two weeks on at least 16 farms across several rural South Carolina counties killed an estimated 300,000 chickens and cost the owners roughly $1.7 million.

Clarendon County Sheriff Randy Garrett said someone familiar with alarm systems used in chicken houses is responsible. Those alarms also control the heat, air conditioning and ventilation units and notify farmers by cellphone when buildings get too hot or cold. Chickens can die in about an hour if the ventilation and heating systems are turned off.

“The chicks, you have to maintain the temperature at 95 to 100 degrees, and when they get older it’s 65 to 70 degrees,” Garrett said. “(The suspect) knows what to do with the temperature setting needed to maintain 70 degrees and he is turning it up and killing them.”


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Dogs kept in cramped cages and slaughtered for meals: The horrors of Vietnam’s meat trade (Video)

A shocking new TV documentary will reveal how hundreds pet dogs are being stolen every day in Vietnam for the lucrative dog meat trade. Unreported World shows disturbing evidence of how dogs are stolen, force-fed, kept in cramped cages and slaughtered for meals. Here, reporter Nelufar Hedayat exclusively reveals the horrors she witnessed.

The smell of dog and filth permeated the whole room along with frantic, high-pitched barking from the hundreds of dogs crammed into the large metal caged room.

Inside, line upon line of smaller crates were already packed with dogs who seemed to be vomiting rice onto the wet floor.

Grabbing one dog by the throat, the four men dragged it to a contraption at the back of the room, where one of them attached a tube to small buckets full of rice. He then pushed the other end of the pipe down the dog’s throat as the fourth man pulled down hard on a pump, forcing rice into the dog’s stomach.

The terrified local Vietnamese mutt screamed in pain, defecting and urinating as it was forced out and caged again, only to vomit the rice he’d just been force fed.

I watched horrified as this then happened again and again and again, presumably something happening to the hundreds of dogs here.


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California teens arrested in 920 chicken deaths

The suspects were caught by detectives from a special Fresno-based agriculture task force, a sheriff’s unit established to investigate farming-related crimes in the nation’s leading agra-business county, with $5 billion in annual revenues.

Deputies have arrested four young men – one adult and three juveniles – suspected of breaking into a Foster Farms chicken ranch and killing more than 900 birds with a golf club in California.

Fresno County sheriff’s officials acting on several tips Wednesday tracked down 18-year-old Gabriel Quintero of Riverdale. Also taken into custody were two 17-year-olds and a 15-year-old.

All have been booked on charges of burglary and felony cruelty to animals.

Fresno Sheriff’s Department spokesman Christian Curtice said he cannot release information about what prompted the killing of the chickens. He didn’t anticipate any more arrests and said he did not know if the suspects had attorneys.

Investigators say the suspects pulled back a fence on Sept. 20 to break into a barn south of Fresno. Once inside they beat 920 chickens to death with a golf club and possibly another blunt instrument, investigators said.


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UK: Gangs raking in thousands from the rising tide of wildlife crime

Report reveals the extent of poaching and poisoning and calls for tougher sanctions.

Poaching, poisoning and the theft of animals may sound like activities from Britain’s past, but modern gangs are muscling in on the act.

A new report claims the scale of the problem is being hidden and that gangs are making large sums of money from illegal activities such as hare-coursing, raking in up to £10,000 a month in one case, while poaching of fish and deer is common and as likely to happen in urban parks as in the countryside.

In the report published this week – the first such work to look at the broad range of wildlife crime in the UK – the charity World Animal Protection (WAP) says it presents a worrying picture of how the problem is affecting not only the individual animals and fish but also our biodiversity.

The fact that statistics on wildlife crime, from badger-baiting to disruption of habitats, are not being collated by police forces is a major stumbling block to tackling the crimes, says the charity.


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Decapitated Birds Found On Streets In Vegas Neighborhood

A West African priest tells the station that may not be the case. He says people practicing the religion of Santeria or Ifa use animal sacrifices like chickens, pigeons or goats as a means of protection or as a way to cleanse the body.

Residents in the valley’s east side are disgusted by what they’ve been finding in the streets.

Piles of beheaded birds are being dumped in seemingly random locations throughout the area, reports KLAS-TV.

Helen Arciaga, a Charleston Boulevard thrift shop owner has found several dead birds in an alley behind her store. “Oh, where did this come from?” she asks. “Oh my good Lord it stinks.”

Street cleaner Ryan Roskins tells KLAS-TV he’s been seeing many of the birds as he makes his rounds.

“The first time I saw it, it was a large rooster,” he said. “Everything else is there, feet, feathers. It’s just decapitated.”

He has a theory for the increase in the gruesome finds. “I actually think it must be voodoo,” said Roskins.


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The Humane Society of the United States Scam by Ted Nugent

I love animals. They’re delicious. No, really. Both. I cannot imagine life without my dogs and stupid cat. Man’s best friend has played an indescribably powerful quality of life role in my life forever. There was Duke, Kippy, Paco, Popeye, Pinecone, Bear, Bruin, Gonzo1, Puppy Toddy, Whitey, Bear2, Porterhouse, Moose, Minnie, Lady, Gonzo2, Thunder, BlackJack, Rocky, Gonzo3 and Happy.

My every day begins with very special time with my dogs. They are my buddies, and life would suck without them. Though no animal can ever rate with the value of a human being, we do surely love our dogs as valued pets, even as extended family members. I think we can all agree that the trauma experienced upon losing a beloved pet is indeed a very emotional time for a family.

Every hunter I know, and there are a lot of them, feels the same way about our pets and animals in general. We also feel an equally powerful affection, respect and connection with the wild animals we hunt, kill and eat. Those modern souls disconnected from the animals that provide us food can’t figure this out, but it is nonetheless a forgone conclusion; hunters love the game animals we hunt, kill and eat.

In the same way our ancestors prayed for the spiritual beasts that gave us food, shelter, clothing, medicine, tools, weapons, happiness and spiritual joy, all the hunters I know in 2014 and beyond deeply connect with wildlife in this way.


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